By PROSPER MAKENE
If cities worldwide like Addis Ababa, Beijing, Jakarta, Mexico City, New York, and Paris are serious about lowering their carbon footprints, they must also push through measures that make city-goers less dependent on cars in the first place
Reducing emissions from urban transport is critical for keeping global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C. Electric vehicles have emerged as the principal strategy for zeroing out carbon. But a new report lays out the constellation of measures cities must take–including but not limited to more electric vehicles–to achieve their ambitious goals.
At the Glasgow climate talks in November, more than 1,000 cities pledged to halve their emissions by 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2050. At the same time, a group of governments, automakers and others signed on to an agreement to transition to 100% zero-emission sales of new cars and vans by 2040 globally and by 2035 in key markets. In a separate agreement, 15 countries agreed to work toward 100% zero-emission sales of new trucks and buses by 2040.
Although these agreements emphasize zero-emissions goals, which are critical to addressing climate change, the study stresses that cities must also embrace development policies that increase urban density, creating more equitable and inclusive cities. Ends